Larry Hoagland pleads not guilty to booby-trapping wife’s vehicle
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – An additional charge of possessing a destructive device was lodged today against an East San Diego man accused of booby-trapping his wife's vehicle with a pipe bomb in an attempt to kill her.
Lawrence Gerald “Larry” Hoagland, 48, pleaded not guilty to the new charge. He also faces one count each of attempted murder, explosion of a destructive device with intent to murder and explosion of a destructive device causing mayhem or great bodily injury.
Hoagland, who has no prior criminal record, faces life in prison if convicted.
According to Deputy District Attorney Danielle Hickman, Hoagland's wife, Connie, was seriously injured on Sept. 23 when a pipe bomb planted under the dashboard of her truck went off when she got in the vehicle to go to work at a daycare facility in Rancho San Diego.
The 52-year-old victim suffered serious burns, broken bones and other injuries, according to the prosecutor.
Hickman alleged the defendant had visited websites on how to make a bomb. The Hoagland have been married 25 years and have been together for 27 years, the prosecutor said.
“There is some indication of some relationship issues and some financial issues. There was also a bankruptcy filing,” Hickman said.
Lawrence Hoagland was arrested near the couple's Rolando home five days after the bombing.
Investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies uncovered evidence allegedly linking the defendant to the attempt on his wife's life, said sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos, who refused to elaborate on what evidence investigators found.
Hoagland, who co-owns a Morena-area photography studio, is due back in court Dec. 15 for a readiness conference and Dec. 20 for a preliminary hearing.